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It’s time to share with you the products I used up in March! They are quite varied, and there are a few products that were new to me this month so I will go into some detail on them. As usual, I will comment on how sustainable the products are too.
Here are the products I used up in March 2020
Health and Beauty
Last year, I tried out the Hairburst range of products which are supposed to help you get ‘longer, stronger hair’. I didn’t see a huge difference in my hair growth from using these products, so I decided to stop buying them. Recently, I used up my last bottle of Hairburst shampoo. I have already written about this product in my last Hairburst update so you can read more about it there.
LUSH American Cream Pressed Conditioner Bar
I never got on well with the LUSH conditioner bars in the past, but they recently brought out this new type so I decided to give it a try. It worked so much better than the old ones! The product smoothed easily onto my hair and really made my hair feel conditioned. It smelled gorgeous too!
The bar felt quite solid, but lots of conditioner came off onto my hair during use. The solidity meant that the bar stayed intact until it got small, and it also lasted for a long time. However, when the bar did get small, it was harder to coat the hair with conditioner because less seemed to come off the bar.
The conditioner bar is completely packaging-free, and LUSH is an ethically conscious company, so it’s a great sustainable choice. Overall, I liked this conditioner and I would use it again.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get a photo of this conditioner bar, but you can view it on the LUSH website.
Spa Magik Salt Brushing
I got this salt brushing ages ago in a variety box, I can’t remember which one. It has apparently won some awards for ‘best exfoliator’. The one I had was a one-use sample, not full-size. It came in a sachet made of plastic and foil which is not recyclable. However, the full-sized product comes in a tub which the website claims to be 100% recyclable.
The instructions say to use this on a dry body. I was sceptical when I first started applying it because most of the product just fell straight off onto the floor of the shower. But I persevered. Actually, there was plenty of product in the pack to be able to scrub my whole body, despite most of it falling on the floor. To make use of the fall-off, I scrubbed the soles of my feet on it. I had very soft feet afterwards!
The scrub contains coconut oil, so it is not completely dry. It left behind an oily residue on my skin which was there even after rinsing with water. My skin felt very soft and smooth all over after using this product. All the ingredients are natural, and it claims to be ‘skin-friendly’ and paraben-free. Even the ‘parfum’ claims to be an allergen-free blend with essential oils, so hopefully, there’s nothing bad in there. This meant I didn’t feel too bad about the residue left on my skin. It claims to contain dead sea minerals, so hopefully, they did me good!
When I rinsed off the product, the floor of the shower got very slippery. This is probably because of the coconut oil, and especially as I had been rubbing my feet in it. So beware if you use this product – it can get slippery! The product dissolved away easily so I didn’t have to clean the shower afterwards.
There is a suggestion on the packaging that you can have a bath straight after using the scrub, and the minerals and oil will continue to soak in and do their work. I didn’t try this, but I might in the future if I use this product again.
The scrub had a citrus aroma which was discernible and pleasant, but not too strong. It was a relaxing experience using it. So, it does as it claims, in soothing your mind and body! I liked this product more than expected, and I would use it again.
The full-sized version of this product comes in a 500g tub and costs £13.70 on their website, although it is cheaper on Amazon. This sample was 50g, so you would get about 10 uses out of a tub. It’s not something you would use every day, maybe once a week at most, so it would last quite a long time.
Sarakan Anti-Plaque Mouthwash
I’ve never been a big user of mouthwash, but recently I have been taking better care of my teeth so I decided to try adding it to my routine. I chose this mouthwash because it is made with natural ingredients. It contains extract of Salvadora Persica, which is supposedly known as the ‘toothbrush tree’ and has been used for centuries to aid with dental health. This mouthwash is also vegan, alcohol-free, unsweetened, and contains no artificial colours.
The mouthwash is fluoride-free, which may or may not suit you depending on your opinions about this controversial ingredient.
My mouth felt fresh after using the mouthwash. It created a tingling sensation, but it didn’t burn like some other mouthwashes that contain alcohol. It’s hard to tell whether it had any significant positive effect on the health of my teeth and gums, but I imagine it has done more good than harm.
This mouthwash came in a 300ml plastic bottle. This is not very big and therefore I got through the bottle quite quickly. It would be more environmentally friendly if it came in a larger bottle, or even better, a glass bottle. I would buy this product again, but if I found a similar product with more sustainable packaging, I would try that first.
Supplements and Remedies
Greenland Fields – Vegan Hemp Gummies (3000mg)
I have been using CBD oil as a supplement for nearly 2 years. Last year I had a phase of using these CBD gummies, but I have since gone back to using CBD oil. However, I still had one bottle of these remaining, which I recently used when I ran out of CBD oil. You can read more about these in my November empties post.
Rescue Chewing Gum
I use this rescue chewing gum quite regularly, and I have written about it in more detail in my May Empties post from last year.
Food and Drink
Montezuma’s Absolute Black 100% Dark Chocolate x2
I bought this 100% chocolate to help curb my chocolate cravings whilst I am trying to cut down on sugary treats. It really is 100% cocoa solids and nothing else!
As you would expect, this chocolate is very strong and intense. However, that is a good thing because I only need one or two pieces to get a sufficient chocolatey hit. This also means that the chocolate lasts longer. Normally, I’d polish off a big bar of chocolate in a couple of days but these bars lasted over a week each.
The chocolate is packaged in 100% recyclable materials. They recently changed their packaging to this which I am really pleased about. The outer packaging is cardboard, and the inner packaging is paper (it used to be plastic).
This is definitely my go-to chocolate from now on, because it is sugar-free, vegan and environmentally friendly!
Peppersmith Peppermint Gum
I recently used up a pack of this chewing gum. I have written about it before in last year’s March empties post, but they have changed the packaging since then. It now no longer comes wrapped in plastic film, therefore the packaging is completely recyclable! Unfortunately, the gum itself still contains plastic (at least, I assume so as it doesn’t say otherwise), but the change of packaging is a step in the right direction.
That’s all the products I used up in March!
Have you ever used any of these products or similar? What did you think of them? I’d love to hear from you – let me know in the comments!